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Stroud Green Festival 2018

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Stroud Green, London

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EVENT 0: 2pm-3pm Sunday 3 June
St Thomas More Church
Songs of the Great War Singing & Percussion Workshop
Patricia Hammond
mezzo & Matt Redman multi-instrumentalist
A special pre-festival free workshop for singers and percussionists – no experience needed. Come and learn some of the Songs of the Great War, including many that will be featured in the sing-along concert (Event 7). No singing or sight-reading experience necessary. Some percussion instruments will be available or bring your own.
Tickets: FREE – book your free tickets here

EVENT 1: 7pm-10pm Wednesday 6 June
Holy Trinity Church
Celebrating Time: Music down the centuries
Drop in at any point for a varied evening of music highlighting local talent to raise funds for the Tottenham Refugee Alliance.
Join local choirs, The Stapleton Singers & Crouch End Singers; young artists, including Zara Jealous (flute), Chloe Lam (soprano) and local folk singer Sally Davies (Davies & Daughters); as well as festival artists Marion Bettsworth (organ) and Clare Norburn (soprano); and enjoy a sneak preview from our World of Jane Austen programme (see Event 15). Come and sing the Hallelujah Chorus at 10pm.
Tickets: Pay what you can: donations to Tottenham Refugee Alliance

EVENT 2: 7pm-9.20pm Thursday 7 June
Holy Trinity Church
Stroud Green Festival Ensemble Scheme Winners
Building on our work helping groups like Ensemble Hesperi, Ceruleo and Ensemble Molière to develop exciting new projects, we’ve been auditioning promising ensembles. Hear the stars of the future: string quartet The Bloomsbury Quartet, early music/folk group The Brewery Band & early music groups Improviso & Lux Musicae London. We will help 4 groups develop new projects which you will hear in either the 2019 or 2020 Festivals.
Tickets: £5 (includes a first free drink)

EVENT 3: 8pm-10pm Friday 8 June
Holy Trinity Church
Contemplation & Candlelight: Double bill:
1st half
: The Telling (Stroud Green Festival’s resident ensemble)
Clare Norburn soprano & Ariane Prüssner mezzo, harp, percussion
The Telling perform mesmerising medieval music, including music by Hildegard of Bingen, from their CD The lily and the rose which will be released in July
2nd half: Ariane Prüssner mezzo, harp, percussion
Contemplation at Twilight: as it gets dark, Ariane Prüssner will perform heartfelt Sephardic Jewish songs, chant and troubadour melodies in a magical candlelit setting
Tickets: £12 (£8 concs)

EVENT 4: 3.30pm-5.30pm Saturday 9 June
Hornsey Vale Community Centre
Highland dance workshop with live music
Ensemble Hesperi
Kathleen Gilbert
Highland dancer
Led by experienced dancer and educator, Kathleen Gilbert, you will explore the history of this traditional Scottish dance form, learn some basic steps, and prepare 2 short group dances, with an option to perform them in the evening concert if you wish– dance to live music from Ensemble Hesperi!
Tickets: £10 (£5 concs and under-18s)

EVENT 5: 7.30pm-9.30pm Saturday 9 June
Hornsey Vale Community Centre
The Pheasant’s Eye: Scottish Baroque music meets Highland dance
Ensemble Hesperi
Mary-Jannet Leith Recorders
Dominika Feher Baroque Violin
Florence Petit Baroque Cello
Thomas Allery Harpsichord
Kathleen Gilbert Highland dancer
Join the award-winning Ensemble Hesperi for a fun-filled concert showcasing Scottish Baroque Music, brought to life by Highland dancer Kathleen Gilbert. Discover haunting melodies and sonatas composed in 18th century Edinburgh, and learn more about the dazzling career of Scottish composer James Oswald, whose Airs for the Seasons delighted 18th century London society with their 'Scotch Style'. Tap your feet to the infectious Scottish dance rhythms or come and dance with us - workshop participants will have the opportunity to perform what they have learnt in the concert itself!
Tickets: £12 (£8 concs)

EVENT 6: 3pm-4.45pm Sunday 10 June
Meet at Christ Church, Crouch End Hill, N8 8AX
First World War Walk
Crouch End Walks
The Home Front in Crouch End and Stroud Green. As the young men, fathers and husbands became soldiers, how did the conflict change the lives of their families at home? See how these local people survived, supported, commemorated and even resisted what was to become The Great War.
Tickets: FREE – book your free tickets here
The walk ends at Earl Haig Hall in time to get a drink and join Event 7
Find out more about Crouch End Walks: www.crouchendwalks.com

EVENT 7: 5.30pm-7pm Sunday 10 June
Earl Haig Hall
Songs & Stories of the Great War: A sing-along concert
Patricia Hammond mezzo
Matt Redman multi-instrumentalist
Patricia and Matthew are known for their performances of First World War songs: alongside well-known numbers, anyone who wishes will be encouraged to join in with ‘Roses of Picardy’ and ‘Pack up your Troubles’. No singing or sight-reading experience necessary. If you want a bit of practice, then come along to Event 0! Patricia and Matt will also perform German, French, American and African songs, reflecting a variety of viewpoints of people’s experience of the First World War.
Tickets: FREE – book your free tickets here

EVENT 8: 8.15pm-9.45pm Sunday 10 June
Earl Haig Hall
Tricks of the Trade
Dipper Malkin folk duo
Dipper Malkin’s CD was in the top 10 of The Times top 100 albums of 2017! This programme celebrates the viola d’amore in a folk music context and its combination with voice and guitar. The viola d’amore is an expressive baroque instrument with seven bowed and seven sympathetic strings.
“There aren’t many who can sculpt and carve music and song in this way. Their playing is both moving and thrilling…. And they do the greatest service to the tradition by writing new material to keep it alive.” Verity Sharp - Late Junction, BBC Radio 3
“Two hugely talented and creative musicians, a potent combination!” Folk Radio UK
Tickets: £7 (£4 concs)

EVENT 9: 7pm-9.30pm Monday 11 June
Earl Haig Hall
Counterpint: Sing Renaissance choral pieces in an informal setting while enjoying a drink!
Inspired by a klezmer music session in a London pub, Kevin O’Neill has been running Polyphony Down the Pub and Counterpint since 2014. Counterpint is a one-off “turn up and sing” evening of Renaissance choral music in a pub – and it’s coming to North London for the first time! It’s a pub jam session for singing enthusiasts – you turn up, sing (or listen), drink, sing/listen some more and simply enjoy the evening. No ‘rehearsing’, no ‘performing’, just a bunch of people making music together. And no audition - but you do need to be able to read music (if you don’t read music then come along to events 3 & 7 instead). Listeners also welcome – it’s a rare chance to sit in the middle and get an amazing live surround sound experience!
Tickets: FREE but you must register here: https://polyphonydownthepub.com/counterpint/counterpint-next-session-details/
(NOT available from here)

EVENT 10: 8pm-9.30pm Wednesday 13 June
Holy Trinity Church
Tango with Mozart
Veles Ensemble

Hartmut Richter violin
Ralitsa Naydenova viola
Evva Mizerska cello
Veles Ensemble presents an evening of classical string trio music with a twist of Piazzolla's fiery South American Libertango. The concert features Mozart's famous Divertimento for string trio K.563 - a landmark in the chamber music repertoire, completed shortly after his last three symphonies, alongside Boccherini’s String Trio Op. 14 No. 4and Schubert’s String Trio in B-flat major, D471.
Tickets: £12/£8 ONLY available from http://velesensemble.com/tickets/ or £15/£10 on the door
(NOT available from here)

EVENT 11: 9pm-10pm Thursday 14 June
Holy Trinity Church
“Guardian Angel”: Solo violin at twilight with candlelight
Elicia Silverstein baroque violin
Magical candlelit solo violin music, including Partitas nos 1 & 2by J S Bach, Biber’s Passacaglia Guardian Angel and music by Geminiani and Pisendel
A “must see” concert! Elicia’s extraordinary young talent has been captured in a magical video of solo Biber on her website: http://www.eliciasilverstein.com/#index, which has had over 250,000 views on YouTube
Tickets: £12 (£8 concs)

EVENT 12: 8pm-9pm Friday 15 June
Holy Trinity Church
Peter, Jayne & half of the Brodsky Quartet!
Peter Hanson
Jayne Spencer violin
Paul Cassidy viola
Jacqueline Thomas cello
Don’t miss these internationally recognised local musicians playing the extraordinary Opus 12 quartet by the young Mendelssohn (aged 20) paired with Haydn’s late flowering Opus 77, no 1
Tickets: £15 (£10 concs)

EVENT 13: 7.30pm-10pm Saturday 16 June
Holy Trinity Church Hall
Beethoven Quartet Journey by Clare Norburn
The Dante Quartet
Krysia Osostowicz violin
Oscar Perks violin
Yuko Inoue viola
Richard Jenkinson cello
with David Timson actor
Natalie Rowland & Pitch Black Lighting lighting designer
Spend an evening with Beethoven and the string quartet he hears in his head as they perform his 3 extraordinary Razumovsky String Quartets. More than a concert, this is a cross between a one-actor play and a concert, in which new writing is combined with original sources and letters.
“The unflinching integrity of their interpretation and the excitement of their playing were consistently superb” The Guardian
Tickets: £15 (£10 concs)

EVENT 14a & 14b: 4.30pm-6.20pm & 8pm-9.50pm Sunday 17 June
Holy Trinity Church Hall
Burying the Dead by Clare Norburn
Emily Owen & Jenni Harper sopranos
Kate Conway gamba
Toby Carr theorbo/baroque guitar
Satoko Doi Luck harpsichord
Thomas Guthrie director
Niall Ashdown (actor & Comedy Store regular) as Henry Purcell
Natalie Rowland & Pitch Black Lighting lighting designer
Hannah Pearson costume designer
A quirky fictional journey inside the bedroom and head of composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695), as he takes us behind the scenes of the Restoration Theatre, to the vibrant taverns and streets of London, with live music of the period performed by rising star ensemble Ceruleo. Purcell is in his final illness, suffering from feverish dream-like hallucinations in which the past, including his childhood memories of the Plague and the Fire of London, present, and fantasy collide - and his songs take on a life of their own.
Tickets: £15 (£10 concs)

EVENT 15: 8pm-9.45pm Thursday 21 June
Holy Trinity Church
The World of Jane Austen
Patience Tomlinson
& David Timson actors
Clare Norburn soprano
Naomi Anderson flute
Marion Bettsworth fortepiano
“I absolutely cannot do without music. It is a necessity of life to me.” Jane Austen put these words in the mouth of social climber Mrs Elton in Emma, but Jane too loved music. She played the piano every day and compiled her own albums of music, which form the basis for the musical choices in this concert –by Gluck, Mozart, Arne, Charles Dibdin, Pleyel, Stephen Storace and Samuel Howard. Music is often at the centre of many scenes of social gatherings and balls in Jane’s novels – so this programme combines the music she knew, played and loved with some favourite extracts from her books.
Tickets: £12 (£8 concs)

EVENT 16: 7.30pm-9.30pm Friday 22 June
Holy Trinity Church Hall
Songs & Stories of the Great War: Finale event
Patricia Hammond
Matt Redman multi-instrumentalist
Patience Tomlinson & tbc actors
Scriptwriter Clare Norburn will write first person narratives of stories, memories and experiences of local people who lived in Haringey and Islington during WW1. Their stories will be presented alongside popular songs of the First World War performed by WW1 music specialists mezzo Patricia Hammond and multi-instrumentalist Matt Redman.
Tickets: FREE – book your free tickets here

EVENT 17: 3pm-4pm Saturday 23 June
St Augustine’s Church, Archway Road, Highgate
Borrowing Bach
Marion Bettsworth
(organ) followed by tea with the organist
This recital explores relationships between borrowing and “the borrowed” in sacred and secular organ music, played on the magnificent Hunter organ of St Augustine’s, Highgate. The programme celebrates works by JS Bach, including pieces where he borrowed or arranged the works of other composers, including Vivaldi, or Imitated the styles of other composers, interspersed with works by modern composers who borrowed from Bach.
Tickets: FREE – book your free tickets here

EVENT 18: 7.30pm-9.30pm Saturday 23 June
Holy Trinity Church Hall
1920s...The Age of Jazz – our ever popular evening of jazz standards
Winnie Greer & Jazz Friends - back by popular demand!
Nick Lacey piano
Shura Greenberg bass
Steve Plumb drums
Joseph Oti trumpet
Winnie Greer vocals
Tickets: £12 (£8 concs) include a first complementary drink

EVENT 19: 3.30pm-5.30pm Sunday 24 June
Holy Trinity Church
Revolution in Italy: Monteverdi & Rossi
The Lovekyn Consort
Emily Atkinson
Sophia Brumfitt mezzo
William Summers recorder, flute
Eleanor Harrison violin
Stephen Carpenter theorbo, guitar
Italian songs and airs by Monteverdi and Salamone Rossi from the early 17th century, including some glorious instrumental trios alongside some of Monteverdi’s most celebrated vocal duets.
Tickets: £12 (£8 concs)

EVENT 20: 8pm-10pm Sunday 24 June
Holy Trinity Church Hall
Into the Melting Pot: 1492
The Telling
Jan Chappell
Clare Norburn soprano, writer
Ariane Pr:ussner mezzo
Joy Smith medieval harp, percussion
Giles Lewin oud
Fatima Lahham recorders
“sung with perfection that is heart-stopping” Worthing Herald
An extraordinary fusion of extraordinary instruments and sounds from the rich cultural heritage of the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages.
Spain. July 1492: the deadline for the expulsion of the Jews. At twilight, a Jewish woman lights the lamps and starts up her spinning wheel. It is her last night in Seville.
Stories of integration, love, cultural heritage & radical intolerance experienced by a community of Jewish, Christian & Muslim women in Spain to a soundtrack of plaintive Sephardic songs & lively medieval Cantigas
Tickets: £12 (£8 concs)

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